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Articles tagged with 'Riverwest'

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Whisker war: A night at Uptowner's third annual beard contest

Published March 19, 2015

The Uptowner was packed and not just for a late Sunday afternoon. Jock Jams blared from the speakers, and anticipation was in the air. On two TVs at separate ends of the bar, the Wisconsin-Michigan State game was coming down to the wire. But that wasn't the contest the excited and eager crowd was here to see. No, the main event was the Uptowner's third annual beard competition.

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Kern Park's role in Milwaukee's tuberculosis epidemic

Published Jan. 27, 2015

Tuberculosis isn't particularly feared today, but in the 19th century, it was one of the leading causes of death. The infection rate was close to 100 percent in major cities. If your infection developed into active tuberculosis - also called "consumption" - you faced a 20 percent chance of surviving. It was a terrifying, highly contagious and nearly untreatable disease, and it reached epidemic proportions in Milwaukee.

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In 1901, Riverwest residents battled on the frozen Milwaukee River

Published Jan. 16, 2015

In the winter between 1900 and 1901, a pitched battle erupted on the frozen Milwaukee River above the North Avenue dam between enraged ice harvesters and the equally violent crew of a steam-powered launch. The newspapers called it "The Ice War." On a section of river that has witnessed many strange things over the years, the ice war was perhaps the strangest.

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Greater Milwaukee Foundation chooses new "Healthy Neighborhoods"

Published Dec. 23, 2014

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has designated four more neighborhoods as part of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative: Harambee, Riverwest, Kinnickinnic River Neighborhoods (KK River) and Polonia, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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Milwaukee musician remembered with fund-raising memorial event

Published Dec. 13, 2014

Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at a young age, Milwaukee singer and songwriter Ben Cervenka knew the disease would someday take his life. And so - from a place of humor and reverence - he threw "another year I didn't die" parties on his birthday. Cervenka passed away in October so this year, his friends and family are throwing the party.

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Impala Lounge to close

Published Dec. 1, 2014

According to a source, Impala Lounge will close this month. The bar, formerly River Horse, 701 E. Center St., opened in 2012.

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Milwaukee Zine Fest prepares for seventh "chapter"

Published Nov. 2, 2014

It's the seventh year for Milwaukee Zine Fest which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Falcon Bowl, 801 E. Clarke St. OnMilwaukee.com recently chatted with co-founder and organizer Christopher Wilde and asked him about this year's fest.

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Dino's makes a comeback

Published Oct. 15, 2014

It's been three months since Dino's reopened in Riverwest. Brothers Anthony and Lawrence LoCoco - the grandsons of the original owner, Leo "Dino" Dinon - have worked tirelessly to fine tune the menu and create an inviting space that's appealing to the Riverwest neighborhood and beyond.

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Papineau sprouts multiple healthy eating offerings

Published Aug. 31, 2014

Kathy Papineau has dedicated her life to the earth, community, economy and the individual. Last fall, Papineau opened a commercial kitchen in Riverwest, called MkeKitchen, at 531 E. Keefe Ave. She leases the space to multiple local businesses and operates her own catering business, Mke Localicious.

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First look: fish fry at Cafe Vocar

Published May 13, 2014

Cafe Vocar opened quietly a few months back in Riverwest. The cafe, which is open Friday-Sunday, has a European-influenced menu but does offer the Midwest famous fish fry on Fridays.

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Rockerbox moves to Road America

Published Feb. 13, 2014

According to Milwaukee restauranteur Scott Johnson, the Rockerbox Moto Fest and Street Party will move to Road America at Elkhart Lake this summer.